Famous Scientists: ARCHIMEDES, ARISTOTLE,
NIELS BOHR, NICHOLAS COPERNICUS, MARIE CURIE, CHARLES DARWIN,
LEONARDO DA VINCI, RENE DESCARTES, TH0MAS ALVA EDISON, ALBERT EINSTEIN, BEN
FRANKLIN, GALILEI GALILEO, ISAAC NEWTON, MAX PLANCK, WILHELM CONRAD RONTGEN,
CARL SAGAN, NIKOLA TESLA
"The human mind is not capable of grasping the
Universe. We are like a little child entering a huge library. The
walls are covered to the ceilings with books in many different
tongues. The child knows that someone must have written these books.
It does not know who or how. It does not understand the languages in
which they are written. But the child notes a definite plan in the
arrangement of the books - a mysterious order which it does not
comprehend, but only dimly suspects."
"Textbooks present science as a noble search for
truth, in which progress depends on questioning established ideas.
But for many scientists, this is a cruel myth. They know from bitter
experience that disagreeing with the dominant view is dangerous -
especially when that view is backed by powerful interest groups.
Call it suppression of intellectual dissent. The usual pattern is
that someone does research or speaks out in a way that threatens a
powerful interest group, typically a government, industry or
professional body. As a result, representatives of that group attack
the critic's ideas or the critic personally-by censoring writing,
blocking publications, denying appointments or promotions,
withdrawing research grants, taking legal actions, harassing,
blacklisting, spreading rumors."
The Suppression of Inconvenient Facts in Physics: